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Neurologic Differential Diagnosis and Screening for Referral

presented by Julie Hershberg

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The purpose of this course is to review the process of neurologic differential diagnosis for screening for referral. In particular, we will discuss how to identify red flags, determine if the patient’s given diagnosis matches their presentation, and how to organize and hypothesize the differential diagnosis based on the timeline and neurologic system involvement.

Meet Your Instructor

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS

Julie Hershberg is a passionate neurologic physical therapist, educator, mentor, learner and forever neuro-nerd. She owns and practices at [re+active] physical therapy & wellness, a state of the art outpatient neurologic physical therapy and wellness practice in Los Angeles. It is here she has the privilege to lead a team of PTs, OTs, yoga therapists…

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1. Neurologic Differential Diagnosis Process

This chapter introduces the overall process of neurologic differential diagnosis process and answers the question: why differential diagnosis?

2. Diving Deeper: History

In this chapter we dive deeper into the first critical step of the differential diagnosis process: getting a great history and subjective exam from a patient. We highlight key red flags and reasons for referral.

3. Diving Deeper: Hypotheses and Objective Findings

The link between neurologic signs and symptoms and key neuroanatomy will be covered in this chapter. We will discuss the interpretation and patterns of key neurologic signs and symptoms and compare them to a patient’s give diagnosis and what is expected. We will answer the questions, “where is the lesion?” and “what is the lesion?”

4. Case Study—Let’s Put it Into Action

This chapter will use a case to demonstrate and practice the neurologic differential diagnosis process.

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